About us

This research program is unique and it has developed a distinct brand over the years. It is often referred to as the Helsinki school of strategy research, which is characterized by bold thinking, novel insights, and extensive collaboration. This is reflected in theoretically ambitious and practically relevant research, student focused teaching, and active cooperation with business practitioners and the society at large.

Key members of the research program have a solid track record in publishing in the very best journals in the field. These include, in alphabetical order, Academy of Management Annals; Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Learning and Education; Academy of Management Review; British Journal of Management; Gender, Work and Organization; Human Relations; Journal of Business Venturing; Journal of International Business Studies; Journal of Management Inquiry; Journal of Management Studies; Organization; Organization Science; Organization Studies; Research Policy; Strategic Management Journal; and Strategic Organization.

The Strategy as Discourse initiative is linked with the Strategy as Practice community (http://www.s-as-p.org/) and the SAPIN network. The Finnish scholars are very active in the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), the Academy of Management interest group of Strategizing activities as well as in Strategic Management Society.

Right now there is a vast pool of ongoing research and publications in progress, in cooperation with organizations like Fortum, YLE, Silicon Valley – startups, and city organizations. These also comprise several ambitious PhD projects.

In terms of teaching, the research program offers versatile, interactive, and novel courses for Bachelor’s and Master’s as well as PhD and EMBA students. The researchers in the group have developed new teaching techniques and material to support the viewpoint that strategy is not only cognitive and social, but also discursive and embodied; for instance by using improvisation theatre in the teaching of strategy.  

The Master’s in Strategy program, led by Professor Henri Schildt, offers a large variety of courses in Strategic Management. In the Master’s in Management and International Business (MIB) program the courses Strategy Work (by Henrika Franck) and Strategic Change (by Janne Tienari and Eero Vaara) focus on practical strategy work in companies and other organizations. The CEMS Master’s in International Management has a strong core of strategy work on its agenda, as the director of the program, Dr. Rita Järventie-Thesleff, is strongly involved in strategy as practice and discourse research. Annually, dozens of Master’s theses are completed with a focus on strategy work in companies, governmental organizations, and NGOs.

The research program has a strong impact on business organizations and society. Professors and other researchers involved in the program are active educators in Executive MBA programs and other executive education, and they offer talks in various fora for practitioners. The researchers are active in the public debate and in writing popular books, for instance “My Little Book of Strategy” (authored by Janne Tienari in collaboration with Aalto Executive education) offers an informative and entertaining book based on the strategy as practice approach for business practitioners.